70 per cent of the Earth's surface is covered by a connected body of salty water. Photo: Shutterstock
Lisa Lim
Opinion

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Language Matters by Lisa Lim

On World Oceans Day, a look at the origins of the word ‘sea’, the body of water that connects us all

Since ancient times, diverse cultures have used the phrase ‘the Seven Seas’ to refer to bodies of water, many English ocean-related words borrow from the Romance languages

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70 per cent of the Earth's surface is covered by a connected body of salty water. Photo: Shutterstock
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Muslim women pray at Istiqlal Mosque in Jakarta, Indonesia, during Ramadan earlier this month. Photo: Xinhua
Lisa Lim
Opinion

Opinion

Language Matters by Lisa Lim

Is it Ramadan or Ramzan? The debate that has divided South Asia

The use of Ramadan is being decried by some as an Arabisation of language and religious practices, while others point to the word becoming popular because it is what the observance is called in English

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Muslim women pray at Istiqlal Mosque in Jakarta, Indonesia, during Ramadan earlier this month. Photo: Xinhua
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